wow, i'm wrapped with the response from the before and after, thanks guys! And a BIG thank you to Grace for posting it. I love how the story looks on her blog (well, I love everything on her blog!), it really shines - but poor French Boy, he is a little embarrassed... I did warn him to close his eyes!
There were quite a few questions in the comments on design*sponge so I am going to try to answer them all here. I have linked to each commenter so you can easily find the answer to your question within this post. I love questions about my work, so don't hesitate to ask more in the comments if you have them.
Q:AMM asked ' how did you make the day bed?'
A:That was a bit of a story in itself AMM! But in brief, I found two thrown away pallettes, asked nicely if French Boy could help me lug them up 4 flights of winding stairs, then I painted them white and attached 6 sturdy castor wheels which holds it together perfectly - we have had guests stay on it and all say it is the most comfortable bed ever! I did splash out on the mattress though - it is Japanese and is made from organic cotton and wool. I added some sheepskin rugs underneath the mattress so that legs don't scratch against any rough bits of wood - if you were more thorough than me, you could sand all the rough bits... i'll get around to that.
A: It's a little prose I wrote about meeting French boy, and I was in the process of making it into song lyrics. There is one problem with that - I'm not a singer! So the 'lyrics' just stay written on paper and in this case, on windows. I often have sayings that I like to be reminded of too so I used to write them on the windows as well, as inspiration. Make sure you use an erasable marker though - if you are unsure if it is erasable try a tiny corner of a window and it will wipe off very easy with a cloth.
Q: T in LA asked where did I get the heart shape above the bed...
A: I made it - I used a net of white corded fairy lights that I bought at Habitat and pinned it to the wall in the shape of a loose heart shape. Then I tied on small pieces of ribbon to give it a day time look when it is not lit up. It is pretty cool to lie underneath it - very romantic and really reminds me of the Eiffel Tower lights.
Q: Willi, Jennifer and Debbie asked about the wallpaper and the pine light shade in the kitchen...
A: both are from Habitat in Paris - I'm not sure if there is a supplier in the United States - if anyone knows, please let us know.
Q: Joyce and Allison asked about the bedskirt...
A: I made mine from Florence Broadhurst fabric which I brought with me from Sydney (there are suppliers all over the world and the best way to find them is to ask Signature Prints). It is a simple valance, if you want one similar you can have one made by your local tailor/seamstress (if you are not a sewer yourself of course!).
Thanks again everyone! If I've missed any questions please let me know. All the ideas are written in this month's issue of Home Beautiful. If you can't get hold of the magazine where you are, click here to see the article spread.
For all my regular readers, we will be heading back to Amsterdam in the next post! You may be as exhausted as me with all this travelling, so we are going to take a little relaxing trip, then there will be many more treats and special surprises to come. xx